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Literacy Work Centers
Work Centers are one of the favorite parts of the day for my students! In fact if we have a field trip or assembly that replaces this time, I often hear voiced disappointment! I hope this page serves two purposes: to help parents of my students learn more about their day and to help teachers develop a better guided reading time in their classroom. In order to do guided reading groups adequately, the rest of the children must be busy in an authenic and meaningful way. Here are a few of my centers with a brief description of activities for each center.
This is a photo (will be uploded later) of my Work Centers pocket chart that assigns the children to where they go for the day. The children work in pairs and do two centers a day for most of the year. Of course, they need to learn the routines for centers and we take "baby steps" in introducing the centers and expectations for each one. At the beginning of school the children practice each center separately before we even introduce this pocket chart. Then they do one center a day while I circulate so they can get routines set with my help. After week or two I begin with ten minute guided groups which gradually increase to twenty minutes. Once the class is ready, we do two groups of twenty minutes each. Remember to take this slowly at first to insure success for the rest of the year.
Here are some great books for Work Center ideas for your classroom. The above ideas were adapted from all three of these books. Once you get your centers flowing smoothly you will be amazed at the level of student engagement which frees you up to teach guided reading groups! Click to read about Guided Reading
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